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Fast forward to Year 2050, and assuming Prince George takes after his environmentalist grandfather, he’ll be grappling with the reality of an increasingly uninhabitable planet for over half of the global population. Based on the most conservative predictions for business as usual - even if we meet all our emissions reduction pledges - we are heading for about 3 degree Celsius rise in global average temperatures by that time. Let’s not even bother thinking about the impact of amplifying feedbacks that most climate models ignore.
In a different look on the new royal baby, Nafeez Ahmed imagines the world environment for a 30 year old Prince George in 2050. Will be need to be an eco-warrior?
This is not a doom and gloom story; it’s more of a cautionary tale. We do not live in a precipitation limited environment by any means. The shifts in precipitation will be expressed in streamflow, but we’re fortunate. We have water. But we might have to change our decisions in how we use that water, especially the timing.
Oregon State University Researcher Eric Sproles has just released a climate study that says rising temperatures will reduce the peak snowpack in the Cascades slopes east of Eugene, Ore. by more than fifty percent.

An interesting examination of conservation as a practice.

Can you spot her? That’s reporter Ashley Ahearn positioned to capture the sounds of alpine frogs.

My Cascades Frog recording hideout. The minute I’d pick my head up they’d go silent and give me the stink eye.

Read more about her adventure (full feature about climate impacts on the frogs coming soon for radio and web) on our website and on our Facebook page.

Microplastics are becoming a pollutant that’s threatening waterways across the country. In a Columbus Dispatch article about how it’s affecting Ohio waters, Jeffrey Reutter, the director of Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie said

Have you ever washed your hands with hand soap that feels a little bit gritty? Those are microplastics.

Microplastics are becoming a pollutant that’s threatening waterways across the country. In a Columbus Dispatch article about how it’s affecting Ohio waters, Jeffrey Reutter, the director of Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie said

Have you ever washed your hands with hand soap that feels a little bit gritty? Those are microplastics.

MORE than 40 years after teaming up to create the iconic “crying Indian” advertising campaign, Keep America Beautiful and the Advertising Council have joined forces to promote the benefits of recycling.

A little disappointing for us ‘lazy cooks’ but not too surprising.